Lifestyle Health Los Angeles Offers Free Coronavirus Tests for City Residents, Announces Mayor Garcetti "Moving forward, in the city of Los Angeles, you'll be able to — if you have symptoms or not — get tested," the mayor said on Wednesday By Cher Published on April 29, 2020 10:36 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Eric Garcetti. Photo: Facebook Los Angeles is providing residents with access to free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms — making it the first major U.S. city to do so. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced milestone during his daily press conference on Wednesday while discussing how "essential" testing is to learning more about the virus and identifying cases. "Tonight I am so proud to announce that Los Angeles will become the first major city in America to honor widescale testing to all residents with or without symptoms," Garcetti said. "Moving forward, in the city of Los Angeles, you'll be able to — if you have symptoms or not — get tested," he said, adding that those with symptoms will have priority, but that the capacity is there for anyone who wants one. Everything to Know About Coronavirus Testing amid Nationwide Shortages Garcetti encouraged anyone who thinks they might have the contagious respiratory virus, those who have been around people who do, and those who simply want reassurance that they do or do not, to get a test. "These tests are free for the public," he said. "You can't put a price on the peace of mind of knowing that you can't infect somebody around you," Garcetti said. He added that the free testing would begin as soon as Wednesday night. Coronavirus Antibody Tests Could Be Available Within a 'Week or So,' Dr. Fauci Says Testing had previously been restricted to people exhibiting symptoms, essential workers and those living in facilities like nursing homes, the Los Angeles Times reported. As of Tuesday night, there have been at least 22,485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, with 1,056 deaths related to the virus, according to data from the public health department. Nationwide, there are more than one million confirmed cases and at least 60,931 related deaths as of Wednesday. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.